Thames Path walking holiday, Cotswolds to London
Description of Thames Path walking holiday, Cotswolds to London
Take two weeks to complete the Thames Path on this tailor made itinerary and youíll have navigated the 290kms length of the River Thames all the way from Kemble in the Cotswolds to Greenwich in London, or the other way round.
Starting at the Thames Barrier in London, or at the other end at the river source at Thames Head in the Cotswolds, youíll follow a series of well-marked sign posts as the Thames flows through a fascinating collection of famous cities and not so well known country towns and villages.
This is one of the UKís national walking routes and relaxed daily distances, around 19kms, on level gradients, make this an excellent walking holiday for those who favour sightseeing and scenery over challenging climbs and ascending/descending undulations.
UK nationals will benefit from two weeks on the Thames Path just as much as visitors from overseas and if youíre looking for a peaceful perspective of London then this well-trodden walking path provides the perfect place to start. Of course, cities such as Oxford are just as renowned for life on the river banks and a quick glance at your self-guided walking notes will point you in the right direction of some excellent options for lunch or an evening meal.
Bed & breakfast accommodation has been hand-picked to ensure you not only get a great nightís rest but also donít have to stray too far from the trail at the start and completion of each day. Thanks to a transfer vehicle, your luggage will be ready and waiting for you on arrival and detailed maps and trip notes make knowing where to go a scenic and cultural education rather than a stressful 'heads down' alternative.
A rest day is also an excellent idea if youíre looking to take it easy or opt for sightseeing, with Windsor, Oxford and London all conjuring up a wonderfully varied dayís itinerary without the need for hiking boots and water bottles.
As you walk into Englandís capital the sight of the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament more than adds to the occasion with options to pause at Kew Gardens and Hampton Court, both of which are on the Thames Path, certain to resonate with history loving hikers.
From cobbled stone streets and willow adorned river banks to thundering thoroughfares and national treasures, this everso English walking holiday is packed full of surprising contrasts and certain to keep spirits lifted and interests peeked every step of the way.
An alternative to taking two weeks to walk the Thames Path is to split the route in half and walk from London to Reading, one week, followed by Reading to the Thames Head, on a separate occasion. You can also undertake the walk in the opposite direction; the choice is entirely up to you. Alternatively, why not simply select a section of the Thames Path and then enjoy a long weekend of walking from one B&B to the next? You can also walk for longer or for shorter lengths of time. This is a tailor made walking holiday so pick your pace and weíll personalise an itinerary, just for you.
1 Reviews of Thames Path walking holiday, Cotswolds to London
Reviewed on 13 Jun 2019 by Charlotte Cordingley
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Runneymeade Eve song at St Georgiaís Windsor
Meals at Riverside, Kingston and TheAnchor, Shepperton
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Drink lots of water
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Hotels have too much packaging , use plastic water bottles
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Enjoyed tranquility of riverside,good walking and overnight stops varied from excellent to poor
PlanetThe Responsible Travel Code of Conduct which you receive with your information pack contains suggestions on how to be an ethical traveller by reducing water usage, recycling and properly disposing of litter, and reducing damage to the environment.
The majority of the accommodations we use are locally owned and operated and use local produce for providing you with breakfast. Wherever possible we use accommodations that are registered with the Green Tourism Business Scheme. There are local shops, pubs and cafes along the Cotswold Way available for lunches and dinners. All these issues make a great difference to the economic welfare of the local community by providing employment.
During the booking process for your holiday we reduce paper usage by corresponding by email wherever possible and only printing correspondence which is legally binding. We recycle our ink cartridges and envelopes, and use low energy light bulbs. Paper which cannot be recycled is shredded and composted.
Whilst on this holiday you will be walking at your own pace in your own group. We restrict group sizes on our self-guided walking holidays to a maximum of 12 to reduce impact on the community.
We encourage you to use this walking holiday as means to support your chosen charity by way of sponsorship.
PeopleWe are a family run business and are committed to operating a Responsible Travel Policy. We aim to provide a quality and positive experience for our customers while contributing to and enhancing the local economy and respecting the environment.
Whilst walking you are taking part in a healthy activity and visiting the area while reducing road congestion. The local authority encourages people to visit the area on foot using public transport in line with their desire to encourage sustainable tourism.
There are a large number of National Trust Properties. The membership and entrance fees are used to restore and conserve our heritage, and provide employment for local people.